The New School offers lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in clarinet, concert flute, traditional (wooden) flute, harmonica, oboe, recorder and saxophone (all to diploma level). Clarinet and saxophone instruction can also include jazz theory and improvisation. Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length. Group lessons, designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, are available as 30-, 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3 or 4 students. Single 1- or 2-hour Intensive Lessons for both individuals and small groups are also available for all of the wind instruments taught at the school; students must bring their own instruments to intensive lessons.
Group Courses for Beginners
Beginning students can join Introducing Harmonica, which explores the basics of diatonic harmonica playing in various styles, from folk-rock to blues. No previous musical experience is required.
The school’s Flute Ensemble is open to students of Grade III standard and above and works on a wide range of repertoire in a variety of styles. It is also an opportunity to meet other players and make some great music! The school's two Jazz Ensembles introduce students of all instruments to the art of improvisation through the study and performance of blues and jazz. Rig-a-Jig, the school’s traditional music group, is open to students of all instruments, of at least intermediate standard, and selects, arranges and performs traditional music and song in an innovative and dynamic way.
Beginners should also consider taking Music Fundamentals, designed to supplement private tuition with the basics of music theory, and wind students at all levels are strongly encouraged to attend theory classes.